Improve working conditions for workers - Sweatshop free India

Improve working conditions for workers - Sweatshop free India

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Indranil Biswas started this petition to National Human Rights Commission and

Working conditions are the most important sustainability issue in supply chains. That’s not too surprising; in the short time it’s taken to read this far, 153 people around the world have had a work-related accident.

Many companies have tried hard to improve the working conditions throughout their supply chains. Tragically, however, well-documented scandals resulting in worker injuries and death continue to emerge all too frequently. Poor working conditions in supply chains are a serious moral problem that is difficult to address. New approaches accompanied by sustained effort are needed.

Most prominently, the garment industry, in developing nations such as ours, has been known through history to violate labor laws, and therefore operate at the crossroads of human rights violation and trade. The underbelly of the garment industry in India provides cheap labor to multi-national apparel brands, like H & M, Zara, and Walmart, in the form of a system that condenses into a number of sweatshops, which invariably subject its workers to extreme exploitation – taking the shape of low wages, long working hours, arbitrary discipline, and the denial of just about any basic human right

Recently, The Uttar Pradesh government has brought in an ordinance exempting companies from complying with almost all labour laws except three acts for the next three years. Such moves further reduce the bargaining power of labor, their right to negotiate. Such moves could trigger a race to the bottom. Such exemptions should be repealed and the government should work towards building stronger laws to improve the working conditions of blue-collar employees.

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